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The easiest, homemade cupcakes in the world!

Author: Louisa Clements
3.71 from 17 votes
The easiest homemade cupcakes in the world are fluffy and moist with simple vanilla frosting. 
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
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Servings: 12


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For vanilla frosting:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Place the butter in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt over top. Blend slowly together over medium-low speed until mixture resembles pebbles.
  • Add in ½ cup of milk and the egg, mix on medium until the flour mixture is completely moistened and the egg has been incorporated.
  • Add the remaining milk and vanilla and mix until just combined--it's ok if there are some lumps in the batter.
  • Place the paper liners in your muffin tin and fill the cupcake liners about ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting.

To make vanilla frosting:

  • In a small bowl, beat together butter, sugar, milk and vanilla until light and fluffy.
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